Staff at Basingstoke's newest supermarket are donating "trolley loads" of food to support NHS staff and carers.

The Food Warehouse opened its doors for the first time in town yesterday and announced a few different ways it will be helping out those key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers at the new store showed their thanks by donating to support Swiss Cottage Care Home and Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital by buying food and drink during the lockdown period.

The Basingstoke store will also have a dedicated shopping hour for the NHS during the first hour of trading.

The Basingstoke store manager, James Priest said: “Our opening day has been a great success and the whole team has really enjoyed meeting people from our local community.

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"I am really proud of the whole team for donating to the NHS during this time as well.”

It is also offering NHS workers a 20 per cent discount which will be available until June 7.

Speaking about the new Basingstoke store, Kristian Barrett, operations director for the Food Warehouse, said: “We’re delighted to have opened our new store in Basingstoke.

"The Food Warehouse is an innovative store format, responding to the changing needs of shoppers by offering amazing bulk-buy deals and homeware offers alongside a fantastic range of frozen, fresh and chilled foods.”

The Basingstoke store opening hours are Monday to Saturday - 8am – 8pm, with the first hour dedicated to NHS workers and Sunday 10am – 6pm.